Gregory Polanco seems to be hitting his stride in the Pirates lineup after a period of struggles.

Pirates notebook: Polanco's improvement starts with short swing

Right fielder Gregory Polanco has hit better for the Pirates the past 2½ weeks, thanks in part to shortening his swing.

about 8 hours ago

 Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats eyes up wide receiver Dri Archer during workouts this week at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Steelers linebacker Moats says starting job is his to lose

Though the Steelers drafted outside linebacker Bud Dupree in the first round, Arthur Moats is confident he can keep his starting role.

about 8 hours ago

Steelers notebook: Team goes full pads today

The Steelers will go live with hitting and tackling after two days of practicing without pads.

about 8 hours ago

 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: From deflating footballs to destroying a cell phone to now not knowing when to give up?

Gene Collier: Tom Brady shouldn't blow up over his 'Deflategate' suspension

The NFL rejected Tom Brady’s appeal over his four-game suspension, and the Patriots quarterback should just accept it.

about 8 hours ago

 Dewayne Hendrix, a University of Tennessee transfer, is now a Pitt Panther.

Tennessee transfer faces unusual year on Pitt's scout team

Defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, a transfer from Tennessee, hopes to use year off to his advantage at Pitt

about 8 hours ago

Bob Smizk: Brady unmasked

Nobody asked me, but . . .

about 2 hours ago

Shields overcomes heat and late-round glitches to win Tri-State PGA championship

Kevin Shields holds on to win the Tri-State PGA championship by one shot Tuesday at Valley Brook Country Club.

about 8 hours ago

 Meghan Klingenberg, recent World Cup winner and Pittsburgh native, greets fans during halftime at Saturday's Riverhounds soccer game.

Meghan Klingenberg, U.S. soccer teammates will make appearance next month

A few days before Richland’s Meghan Klingenberg and a couple of her U.S. teammates play at Heinz Field, they’ll be at the Mall at Robinson.

about 8 hours ago

Meadows releases draw for Adios race Saturday

Adios favorite Dude’s the Man draws Post 2 for Saturday’s big race at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino.

about 8 hours ago

 Brandon Sutter celebrates after scoring the game-winner against the Hurricanes during a game in December.

Penguins ship Brandon Sutter to Canucks, sign center Eric Fehr

The Penguins also acquired center Nick Bonino and defenseman Adam Clendening from Vancouver.

about 8 hours ago

 Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang  forces out Minnesota Twins right fielder Torii Hunter at second base and throws the ball to first base for a double play in the fifth inning at Target Field.

Kang's 9th-inning homer gives Pirates 8-7 win over Twins

Jung Ho Kang homered off Twins closer Glen Perkins in the ninth, giving the Pirates an 8-7 victory at Target Field.

about 7 hours ago

 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the 2015 season, including the Sept. 10 opener against the Steelers.

Tom Brady loses appeal of 4-game suspension from NFL

Brady and the Patriots have denied knowingly using deflated footballs in the AFC title game win over Indianapolis.

about 16 hours ago

 Gerrit Cole pitches against the Nationals Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 7.28.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates, who open a six-game road trip tonight against the Twins in Minneapolis.

about 15 hours ago

 Le'Veon Bell will miss the Steelers' opener Sept. 10 against New England and the home opener Sept. 20 against San Francisco.

Steelers running back Bell gets suspension cut to two games

Le’Veon Bell will now be available to play when the Steelers visit the St. Louis Rams Sept. 27.

about 16 hours ago

 Steelers left tackle Kelvin Beachum signs autographs after workouts Monday at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 7.28.15

The Steelers are off today, but Ed isn’t and he takes your questions about what’s going on up in Latrobe.

about 17 hours ago

 Steelers linebackers Lawrence Timmons just misses intercepting a pass from Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in the fourth quarter of a December game at Heinz Field.

Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons hopes to make impact at buck linebacker position

And a healthy Ryan Shazier should get freedom to roam as Timmons’ inside linebacker partner.

1 day ago

 “I know all players wish they could have a day game on getaway days, but you understand the economics behind the night games, drawing a bigger crowd and whatnot,” Chris Stewart said.

For Pirates, traveling after night games poses unique problems, forces unique solutions

MLB teams and players find different methods to mitigate the effects of late night traveling.

1 day ago

 The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang throws out the Padres' Derek Norris during a game earlier this month at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Kang in Rookie of the Year conversation

Jung Ho Kang’s remarkable transition, progress and impact on Pirates makes him a candidate for the award.

1 day ago

 Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant makes a catch during OTAs last month at the Steelers South Side facility.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant discovers many perks to being mentored by Antonio Brown

“I’m coming into it with more confidence, more focus, more attention to detail, so I can become a better player,” Bryant said.

1 day ago

 Steelers quarterback Tajh Boyd practices during rookie minicamp, May 8, 2015, on the South Side.

Steelers notebook: First-year QB Tajh Boyd looks to make his mark

Bruce Gradkowski’s shoulder injury opens a door of opportunity for first-year quarterback Tajh Boyd.

1 day ago

 A flag is unfurled on the field of PNC Park at the Pirates' home opener April 13 against the Detroit Tigers.

Which ballpark hits a home run with fans?

More than 90,000 voters responding to a survey ranked PNC Park as the best ballpark in the country by a margin of 65-35.

1 day ago

Pitt volleyball coach learns a lot while leading Team USA to gold at Pan Am Games.

Pitt women’s volleyball coach Dan Fisher is excited to bring lessons to Pitt he learned while coaching Team USA.

1 day ago

Tony Traci leads Tri-State PGA tournament after first round

Traci builds one-shot lead over five others after first first round of Tri-State PGA.

1 day ago

Former Cal U football player files malicious prosecution suit

James Williamson was one of six players charged in an attack in October, but a judge dismissed the charges in May for lack of evidence.

1 day ago

 The Schwab Auditorium made from buff-colored brick is named for Bethlehem Steel Corp. founder Charles M. Schwab and was completed in 1903, according to the school's web site.

One injured after Penn State balcony overhang falls

Part of a balcony overhang fell inside Schwab Auditorium as 500 people attended an event for prospective engineering students.

1 day ago

 The Steelers' Tyler Murphy signs autographs after afternoon workouts.

Steeler fans still get their kicks at Saint Vincent workouts

The beginning of this year’s training camp marks the 50th anniversary the team has held practices at the Latrobe site.

2 days ago

 Steelers offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum signs autographs after afternoon workouts at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

With an uncertain future, Steelers' Beachum is 'here to play football'

Left tackle Kelvin Beachum is not concerned with his contract status heading into this season.

2 days ago

 Esther McNeal, 93, of Harrison City, meets Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before Sunday's game Sunday at PNC Park. With Mrs. McNeal are granddaughter Cindy Shtur of San Diego and Ms. Shtur’s parents, Jane and Michael Shtur of Harrison City.

First game in 50 years worth the wait for longtime Pirates fan

The family of 93-year-old Pirates fan Esther McNeal planned a day at the ballgame, her first at PNC Park.

2 days ago

Iceoplex adding safety line to prevent head, neck injuries

Iceoplex at Southpointe hockey arena will be installing a new safety feature, called a Look-Up Line, to help prevent board-related injuries.

2 days ago

Art Rooney speaks on Bell hearing, Super Bowl bid

The Steelers president said he hasn’t heard from the NFL about when it would have a hearing on running back Le’Veon Bell’s suspension.

2 days ago

 Class AAA Indianapolis pitcher Casey Sadler is now a part of the Pirates' list of injured potential replacement starters.

Pirates notebook: Sadler's season likely finished

The Pirates pitching depth took another hit when Casey Sadler got an injection that could end his season.

2 days ago

 Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown stretches during afternoon workout  at St Vincent College in Latrobe.

Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat transcript: 7.27.15

Training camp is underway and Ray takes your questions on the Steelers prospects for 2015.

1 day ago

 Gregory Polanco is mobbed after hitting the winning single in the 10th inning July 12 against the Cardinals, one of the many big plays the Pirates right fielder had made this month.

Ron Cook: Hurdle's belief in Polanco is paying off

The Pirates right fielder was struggling entering this month, but his manager’s encouraging words have made a difference.

2 days ago

 Shadows of organizers and reporters pass a video display screen prior to a news conference by organizers of Boston's campaign for the 2024 Summer Olympics in January.

Boston drops out of Olympic bid race

Mayor Marty Walsh’s decision was a harsh blow to the city’s chances for the Summer Games.

1 day ago

 In Jeff Locke's past eight starts, his ERA is 2.53.

Bob Smizik: And the Pirates' next move is . . . ?

General manager Neal Huntington said on his radio show that the trading for Aramis Ramirez, are not necessarily through dealing.

2 days ago

 The Pirates' Chris Stewart scores against the Nationals' Wilson Ramos in the third inning.

Pirates beat Nationals, 3-1, for series win

Gerrit Cole pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and Neil Walker homered to help the Pirates hold off Washington.

2 days ago

United States of Archery: Bows and arrows more popular than ever

The years of archery being practiced only by bearded men ripened by the outdoors is behind us.

3 days ago

 Given his age and list of accomplishments, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is on pace for a Hall of Fame career.

Ron Cook: Despite some lost pieces, the Steelers' core remains

With Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward and Mike Tomlin all signing extensions, the Steelers’ future looks bright.

3 days ago

 Steelers receiver Antonio Brown center, talks with reporters after he arrives for training camp at St Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa

Steelers hoping Brady, others can play in season opener

The team reported to training camp Saturday at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, preparing for the Sept. 10 opener against the Pats.

3 days ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shouts signals Sunday during drills at St Vincent College in Latrobe.

Ben Roethlisberger says Steelers offense may be better than record-breaking '14 season

After scoring a franchise-high 436 points last season, the team’s goal is to score at least 30 points a game in this one.

2 days ago

 Pirates third baseman Aramis Ramirez talks with teammates at batting practice Saturday before the team's game against the Nationals.

Aramis Ramirez returns to team where it all started

Ramirez is happy to return to the team that gave him an opportunity and for the chance to play for a World Series.

3 days ago

Pirates notebook: Radhames Liz might return to mix

Right-hander has a 1.36 ERA in 33 innings since his demotion to Class AAA Indianapolis and is a candidate to make a spot start if needed.

3 days ago

Passion defend IWFL title

The Pittsburgh Passion edged the Utah Falconz on Saturday to win their second Independent Women’s Football League title in a row.

3 days ago

 Clint Hurdle gets tangled with New York Yankees third baseman Graig Nettles during a game in the 1978 American League Championship Series.

Clint Hurdle will always have a Royal soft spot

The trip to Kansas City brought back a lot of memories — and a lot of old friends — for the Pirates manager

3 days ago

 The pack passes through a tunnel during the twentieth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 110.5 kilometers (68.7 miles) with start in Modane and finish in Alpe d'Huez, France, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Paris police open fire on car at Tour de France barricades

Paris has been on edge since double attacks in January by Islamic extremists on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

2 days ago

 Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain, wearing the race leader's yellow jersey, cycles during the final 21st stage of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race from Sevres to Paris Champs-Elysees, France, today.

Briton Froome lands second Tour de France title

It was Team Sky's third Tour triumph in four years after Bradley Wiggins prevailed in 2012 before Froome succeeded him in 2013.

2 days ago

 How much longer are the Pirates going to continue to allow Arquimedes Caminero to enhance the batting averages of opposing players?

Bob Smizik: About the back end of the bullpen

How much longer are the Pirates going to continue to allow Arquimedes Caminero to toss home-run balls?

3 days ago

 It was likely an Ohio lamprey that sunk its suckers into this 20-inch channel catfish, released Wednesday by John Force of the North Side while fishing on the North Shore with Venture Outdoors’ TriAnglers.

Outdoors notebook: Perch, walleye harder to find in high, cool Lake Erie

As the Great Lakes grow greater in volume, the new depths and temperatures are impacting the fishing.

3 days ago

Wildlife: Glaciers caused ground squirrel diversity

On a recent trip to New Mexico, I was perplexed by the disparity of ground squirrel species diversity between the East and West.

3 days ago

 Pitt running back James Conner led the Panthers' rushing unit last season, but only five receptions.

Pitt running back Conner wants bigger role in passing game this year

James Conner was ACC Player of the Year last season, but only had five receptions. He’s aiming become a bigger receiving threat this season.

3 days ago